Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Vol: 23; Ch: 205
2016 - 2020
4.559 out of 5 from 2,955 votes
Rank #73
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

The setting is Taisho era Japan. Tanjirou is a kindhearted young boy who lived peacefully with his family as a coal seller. Their normal life changes completely when his family is slaughtered by demons. The only other survivor, Tanjirou's younger sister Nezuko, has become a ferocious demon. In order to return Nezuko to normal and get revenge on the demon that killed their family, the two of them depart on a journey. From a young talent, an adventure tale of blood and swords begins!

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Picked up this manga about a year ago and I don't regret it one bit. However, KNY had the ability to have been better. Plot: KNY started off on a strong note but had several plot holes along the way. By the final arc, a lot of things were rushed and it felt like lazy writing. Many small yet important details weren't explained properly/ left out and it leaves me with many unanswered questions. The battle with Muzan for one was rather a huge disappointment.  Characters: Almost all of the characters had a lot of unexplored/wasted potentials. This might be a popular opinion but Rengoku especially had the potentials to have been the best character but he wasn't given the chance to be explored and was used as a plot device to motivate our MC. The pillars could have all been absolutely powerful characters if they were more carefully written/fleshed out in my opinion. Characters started dying for no reason, at this point, it made no sense why. Mui's death probably hit the hardest for me after Rengoku... he was just a kid and I really think he deserved the chance just like Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Ino to have lived a happy life. Muzan ended up being such a poorly written villain... I had high expectations for him and the final battle. He "the most feared and ruthless demon" and all we got was him standing in one corner, swinging his tentacles for the entire arc while everyone lost their lives and body parts. Then he turned into an overgrown baby and died. There was nothing striking about that fight.  Nezuko's potential went to waste... what happened to 'Red Light District arc' Nezuko? like... imagine her going all out on Muzan in her demon form?? Tanjirou turning into a demon was actually a good move and could've been handled better but it lasted 2 chapters. At this point, it felt like the creator was just making things up along the way. Overall, KNY could've been a much longer running manga if the storyline was more stable and well put together. Nevertheless, it holds a special place in my heart, I cannot hate it despite its flaws. It was a good read with many emotions and it saddens me that it's over now.

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